While middle and upper-income children are able to keep learning each summer by visiting museums and camps or going on family vacations, children from low-income families are falling behind. High-quality summer learning programs are a cost-effective way to prevent summer learning loss and close both the opportunity and achievement gaps.
Summer can be a costly time for low-income families. According to Jennifer Peck, Executive Director of the Partnership for Children and Youth, “While middle-income children retain knowledge or, in many cases, make gains over the summer, low-income children fall behind.” Summer learning programs are a cost effective way to prevent summer learning loss and close the opportunity gap. In order to better understand the cost of such investments, Summer Matters conducted a small survey of partner organizations offering high quality summer learning opportunities in California.
This guide is intended to better acquaint school board members and superintendents with summer learning, and to help them establish or expand programs that result in greater learning and enrichment for the students they serve.
In this report, the RAND Corporation takes a look at the factors endangering after-school program budgets, and the priorities of funding agencies.
Bringing your summer learning program to life takes commitment, energy and planning. Our Summer Learning Planning Timeline provides a clear structure you can follow to get your program off the ground.
Interested in bringing a summer learning program to your district or school? There is a lot to figure out: not only in terms of curriculum, but also regarding organization, administration, and oversight.
The California School Boards Association and Partnership for Children and Youth are pleased to offer this free workshop to help Boards of Education plan effective summer learning programs that promote student achievement and wellness. The interactive workshop is designed to engage School Board members, key leadership staff, and community partners in exploring, discussing and strategizing about the role of summer learning in their districts.